First Trax Brown Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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First Trax Brown AleFirst Trax Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Go big with our First Trax Brown Ale! Brewed with eight specialty malts, we created a surprisingly smooth chocolaty and nutty brew. Refreshing and fulfilling, it's the perfect close to a day in the mountains all year long. Brewed with eight specialty malts this deep brown ale has a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts result in a wonderful chocolaty & nutty brew.

Added by rhoadsrage on 03-15-2005

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Darandos
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cknoch
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottWestmaas
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can served in pint glass. Beer pours a rich cola brown and forms a huge, sweet head. Aroma is sweet and faintly nutty. Flavor is much more neutral, i.e., bland. This beer is an English Brown Ale only in the sense that it doesn't have too much flavor, which is a shame. Drinkable, but not very interesting, and only a little better than nominally a brown ale.

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Photo of imfinished
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slongie
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: A warm, rich nutty malt flavor. Hazelnuts, toffee ... A little milk chocolate pudding. Slight molasses. Gentle grassy hops. Initial impression is quite sweet, but the palate is cleaned nicely after each sip. Body has just the right degree of chew (on the thin side of medium), perhaps more fizzy than is suitable for the style. High malt flavor marks, even if a few other aspects are a tad wonky.

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Photo of Gumbo2go
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Trax - I found this Fernie Brewing Company beer to be an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Not anything fancy or extreme, just a solid basic brown ale which I enjoyed drinking. Light roasted barley and chocolate flavor without being overbearing. Hops were behaving well too. Had a couple during the 2015 Grape Escape event in Calgary. The team is a friendly bunch and so is the little town of Fernie, BC.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always held a soft spot in my hear for this beer - it is one of FBC's longest-running and most consistent brews. For the longest time, it was a treat that I associated with our annual "Weekend At Fernie's" getaway, but it is now widely available. It's a decent brown ale, nothing more and nothing less. This beer is best enjoyed in a hot tub with a mountain view or at a slopeside patio while wearing ski boots. It won't let you down, but it won't amaze you unless you are in the right setting.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap while watching roller derby at the Royal City Curling Club.

Smelled and tasted of molasses. I found this overly sweet without much complexity. It wasn't really what I'd expect of a brown ale - I don't even really taste the roasted malts, it just tastes sweet. A bit disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HarveyBerger
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of 4ster
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of slimspady
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extended weekend ski-cation at Panorama Resort, and it appears that this is the current local craft offering/Kokanee beater in each and every of the numerous venues that populate said mountain village.

This beer appears a clear, rather gorgeous dark ruby hue, with one finger of reservedly foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of amateur webbed lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of a faint oily nuttiness, some bittersweet cocoa notes, and a bit of staid toffee/caramel malt sweetness. The taste is mildly toasted bready caramel malt, underwhelming chocolate powder, and leafy, somewhat stale earthy hops.

The carbonation exhibits an average level of generally sedated bubbles, the body mostly smooth, with a subtle, mildly creamy offset. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt doing well enough to persist, while the cocoa and hop notes skip out to an early dip in the nearest slope-side hot tub.

Whether at lunch in the lodge, hill-side mid-afternoon, apres-ski on the verily frozen patio, afterwards in the chic condo, or even later in the pub after finally warming the hell up, this proved to be a balanced, agreeable pint, an easy drinking brown ale for all occasions, it would seem.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass oct30 2010

A clear brownish amber when held to the light with a fast falling two finger head that left no lace

S mild milk chocolate and not much else

T the same milk chocolate with a little nutty flavor, not too bad just a little basic

M a little silky with enough carbonation to give it some life

D OK beer, I might get board after a few but I could drink another one

decent beer, nothing about this one is going to blow you away but nothing disappointed me either

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First Trax Brown Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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